Thursday, August 31, 2006

What is it with these guys?

Matt Yglesias thinks it's something about horse racing, but I think the problem runs much deeper than that.

I'm talking about the news yesterday that Kenneth Tomlinson, the Republican party hack who was put in charge of the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe after he got canned from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for ethics violations, has now been caught conducting his private business affairs on company--that is yours and mine--time.

As I say, Matt somewhat facetiously suggests it's the horses--remember, that's where Brownie came from--but I think there's more to it than that. It's not even ordinary corruption. I think the key problem is that the Republicans, these Republicans anyway, the kind we have now, really don't believe in government. It probably goes back to Reagan, who never tired of talking about how government is the enemy. Now, these guys think that government has no legitimate function, it's only there to advance business interest and punish your political enemies.

So if it's good for Halliburton, or any of a myriad of corporations, why isn't it just as good for Tomlinson?


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